If you’re looking for a career and not just another job, you may have considered insurance. But does Progressive hire felons, or should you look elsewhere?
That is a great question and we decided to take a look to see what we could find. Successful Release contacts companies directly to ask them about their hiring policy for former felons.
How do we know what to ask? Well, our team has had the same job hunt experiences as you. In case you didn’t know, most of us are convicted felons too! So, yes, we know exactly what you face! This is how we know all the right questions to ask to make your job search a little bit easier.
Some of the questions we ask are:
- Does Progressive do background checks?
- Do people enjoy working at Progressive?
- Does Progressive hire people with misdemeanors?
- What job experience do I need?
- Does Progressive drug test?
Let’s move ahead to see what we found about how to get a job at Progressive with a felony.
Does Progressive hire felons?
Official company policy for hiring felons
Unfortunately, we were unable to make direct contact with anyone at Progressive to ask about their hiring policies. However, we’re not giving up! In the meantime, we’ll share what our own research showed.
To start, Progressive’s hiring policy for former felons is not online. They haven’t posted a message in support of hiring people with criminal records, either.
But does Progressive hire felons? It looks as though we may have to do some digging to find the answer to that question.
Has Progressive hired felons in the past?
We weren’t able to come up with a lot of positive information. Everything we found from our online sources supports that they don’t hire anyone with a record within the last 10 years.
We’re not finished, though. We’re determined to find out how to get hired at Progressive with a felony. So let’s keep reading to see what else we found!
Does Progressive hire people with misdemeanors?
Let’s face it, finding a job isn’t easy for anyone. When you have any criminal record, it is often even more difficult. This also includes those convicted of a misdemeanor. We looked to see if Progressive would hire someone with a misdemeanor, but we didn’t find anything either way.
Is Progressive on the Ban the Box list?
There is more support for former felons looking for work as more people become aware of the difficulties they face finding a job. Two examples are: The Ban the Box campaign and the Fair Chance Business Pledge. These resources were created with the former felon in mind.
The Ban the Box campaign’s desire is to make the job pursuit equal for those with previous convictions. Employers must remove all questions concerning criminal convictions from their applications if they’re on the list. This means all applicants have a chance at securing employment based on abilities and skills.
Employers who are committed to fair hiring practices for everyone — including those with a criminal record — sign The Fair Chance Business Pledge.
Progressive doesn’t support Ban the Box or the Pledge. This isn’t a deal breaker, though. They don’t have to support these initiatives to be able to hire you with a felony!
Does Progressive have special programs for hiring felons?
No, they don’t. But there are other ways to get a job at Progressive with a felony.
What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?
If you are applying at Progressive with a felony, the odds of you being hired are low. One source online said a former felon has a chance to be hired, depending on how recent the conviction is. However, there was nothing we found that shows they’ve hired someone with a criminal conviction — even if it was over 10 years old.
What are some entry-level jobs?
Due to the nature of the company, most of their positions aren’t entry-level. You’ll need specific skills to get most of these jobs! However, you could still work in customer service at one of their call centers.
As expected, the work is done on a computer and often using a headset. You’d be assisting customers with their policies and questions, as well as making changes to their policies. You’d need customer service or sales experience, computer skills, and excellent communication skills.
So if you have experience in the insurance field, be sure to look at all their positions on Progressive.com.
How to get hired at Progressive with a felony
Research and apply
It’s always a good idea to research the company online before you start filling out the application. Pay attention to the necessary skills and experience required for the job that you’re interested in. You wouldn’t want to apply for a job that you aren’t qualified for.
Your resume will be the next step in applying. Your resume is used to tell an employer why you’re qualified. Generally, most people cringe at the thought of having to put together a resume. Good news is: You don’t have to! We want to make sure you stand out. That’s why we created an article to help you design your resume.
We provide the best tips on how to include your experience from your jobs while you were incarcerated. Don’t believe us? What about showing how being a GED tutor gave you customer service, attention to detail, computer knowledge and teamwork skills? These are skills that should be included on your resume. After all, they are great skills and a lot of jobs require them!
It’s a good idea to always provide references for any job. As a rule, providing professional references is best. This is someone you work with now or have worked with in the past — not your mom. Make sure all the information you’re providing is up-to-date so someone can contact you or your references.
Steps to a successful interview
- Pick a time for the interview that will not interfere with any other responsibilities, and that will be convenient for you to stick to.
- Take care in your appearance to make sure you are neat and presentable. For a position like this, an outfit that is business casual is a perfect choice.
- When introducing yourself, make sure you are making eye contact and speaking clearly and properly.
The interview will be the time to address any questions you may have as well as make them aware of your background. It will provide you the opportunity to explain your circumstances and will also let you know if you have a leg to stand on regarding being hired.
Does Progressive do background checks?
Yes, you can expect a background check with Progressive.
Here is something to keep in mind regarding background checks:
Some states look at an offense only if it’s less than seven years old, such as:
- New Hampshire*
- New York*
*Pay scale can impact what will show up on a background check.
There are also states that will only see guilty convictions. They are as follows:
- Indiana (limited check)
- New York
With the good there is always the bad. The following states will still look at everything:
- Indiana (extensive check)
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Looking at Progressive’s ratings on glassdoor, we found that they were rated with 3.7 out of 5 stars. Let’s take a look at why:
- Great work environment and people.
- Great benefits.
- Room to grow.
- Hours were long and leave little for work/life balance.
- You start in a call center, but you can be off the phones within a year.
What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?
We created a mock profile to peek at their application — we want you to be prepared! Well, when filling out the application, the second question was:
Have you ever been convicted of a felony involving breach of trust or dishonesty, for which you have not received a waiver from a state Department of Insurance? Examples include fraud, theft, robbery, burglary, perjury, passing bad checks, embezzlement. You should also answer “yes” to this question even if the felony conviction was later expunged.
When we answered yes, we were sent a message that told us that we were ineligible for employment with Progressive. So yes, we would say that there are some felonies that will give you a heck of a time if you apply here.
Does Progressive drug test?
Yes. Progressive will require you to submit to a drug screen in order to be considered for employment.
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